Arabic Beginners Fast-Track  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 20 classes over 1 term (Mondays & Thursdays) £410.00 CS1883 Apply Now

Course Content

This intensive short Arabic Language course is an introduction to the Arabic language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Modern Standard Arabic is taught with reference to dialects. The Arabic script is introduced letter by letter with grouping depending on the shape of the shell.

Listening and speaking exercises in the class reinforce the relationship between the letters learnt and their associated sound. Students learn about Arabic media, how to make polite requests and express likes and dislikes and receive an introduction to food and drink as well as describing daily activities.

By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the structure of Arabic and they will be able to speak, read, write and listen to simple Arabic sentences.

Students should expect to study between classes to be able to keep up with the course pace, as this course covers two terms in one. Whether learning Arabic for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Arabic Beginners Fast-Track course will enable students to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place when visiting Arabic-speaking countries.

Taught in just 10 weeks and delivered by native speakers, this is a highly intensive course delivered twice a week in City's central London location.

By the end of the course students will have covered the syllabus normally covered in terms 1 and 2 of Arabic Beginners (Year 1). If you would like to continue your studies you can join Arabic Beginners (Year 1) in term 3.

If you have missed the January enrolment, you can join the Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) in May. You will cover the course materials of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 within one term.

Why choose the Arabic Beginners Fast Track short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our Arabic Beginners Fast-Track short course is taught over just ten weeks and is an intensive course for anyone looking to quickly gain language knowledge and communication skills.

Tutor Info

Ahmed EI-Shareif

Ahmed EI-Shareif is a native Arabic speaker from Egypt. He obtained his Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from SOAS, University of London.  He also attended several workshops run by the Authors of Al-Kitaab in Texas University, USA and London.

Ahmed currently teaches Arabic at City (CASS & LGP Modules) and SOAS. He previously taught at Suffolk College, Westminster University, International House London and Kings College London. Ahmed is an External Examiner for Pearson education, and Chartered Institute of Linguists. He also designs and runs training courses for the development of Arabic teachers abroad and in UK.


No prior knowledge required. This is an Arabic course for complete Beginners.

English Requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

What will I learn?

During the 20 evening classes of the Arabic Beginners Fast-Track Short Course you will cover the following topics and grammatical structures.

Topics covered
Arabic Alphabet and sounds, greetings and leave-taking, yourself and where you are from, professions, everyday objects, immediate surroundings and facilities, family, more countries and peoples; numbers; prices

Grammatical structures

The short and long Arabic vowels; masculine and feminine words (gender of nouns); simple sentences; case endings - the nominative case, nouns (singular) and adjective agreement; plural of words, possessive endings, the letter Ta Marbouda and its sound, attaching a suffix to a word ending in Ta Marbouda, separate personal pronoun, subject and predicate, separate pronoun, prepositions, coordinating particle, demonstrative, contrasting particle , negation, the definite article, sun and moon letters, question words, verbs, dual, more about plural, negation and conjugation

Learning objectives

o    Writing and reading the Arabic Alphabet as well their sounds (phonetics)
o    Introducing and identifying yourself and others
o    Greeting people
o    Saying good-bye
o    Asking about well-being
o    Talking about what you do
o    Identifying places of origin and Arab countries, political system and capitals.
o    Describing everyday objects/ objects in class room
o    Making polite requests and asking questions
o    Introduction to colloquial Arabic; phonological variations/ different hand writing
o    Being able to count
o    Eliciting information
o    Expressing admiration
o    Cardinals numbers
o    Describing a situation
o    Giving your address
o    Expressing regret or apology

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this Arabic Beginners Fast-Track course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

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Leads To...

Students who successfully complete the Fast-Track course can progress to module 3 of the Arabic Year 1 (Beginners) short course.

This leads to the Arabic Year 2 (Lower Intermediate) short course.

Career Outcome

The ability to have social interaction with Arab people along with the opportunity to build relationships allowing advances in personal career goals and ambitions.

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